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Old August 14th 03, 04:12 AM
Paul
 
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Default Wind or magnetism?

So I'm practicing docking into my slip and some other empty slips in the
marina. I'm taking into account wind and current, although the basin is
small and well protected so I can't really see current being much of an
issue, but wind certainly is.

So I'm docking in my slip and the wind is blowing me away from my neighbour
and into the side of my slip (is it called a finger?). But magically, my
boat is attracted to my neighbour's boat, seemingly at odds with the wind.

Fine, perhaps you'll tell me that it's the current.

So I move up a couple of slots and dock in another slip, this one with the
neighbouring boat on my lee side. The wind would seemingly blow me into the
boat and sure enough it does.

To summarize, my boat magically moves against the wind to drift me into my
neighbours boat and, just a couple of slips over, the exact same wind then
blows me in the complete opposite direction but again towards a neighbouring
boat.

Thus my theory. When boats are in the slip and hooked up to shore power they
become extremely powerful electromagnets capable of attracting fibreglass.

And no, I never actually hit any of these boats. I may suck at docking but I
suck at a very controllable, and very reversible, speed. Even considering
the huge magnetic force of these other boats seem to have.

Magnetism. That's my story and I'm sticking to it (no pun intended).



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Old August 14th 03, 04:47 AM
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Default Wind or magnetism?

It is more like the fact that when you are lee of the other boat and out of the
influence of the wind. It may actually be creating low pressure on that side,
sucking you in. This is similar to why the dust collects on the back of your
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Old August 14th 03, 01:19 PM
Paul
 
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Default Wind or magnetism?

Actually I think you're on the right track. As I approach my slip I'm
pushing the boat sideways into the wind to keep my position.

As soon as I come alongside my neighbour they block the wind, therefore I'm
pushing against nothing and begin to move that way.

But all in all, I think I prefer the magnetism theory. It compliments my
elves theory. I believe that whenever I *appear* to make an error, it's
actually the fault of elves.

For instance, it wasn't me who left the drain in the bottom of the cooler
open, there were elves that came out in the middle of the night and opened
it.

Damn elves.

"Gfretwell" wrote in message
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It is more like the fact that when you are lee of the other boat and out

of the
influence of the wind. It may actually be creating low pressure on that

side,
sucking you in. This is similar to why the dust collects on the back of

your
truck



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Old August 14th 03, 03:31 PM
Kelton Joyner
 
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Default Wind or magnetism?

The elves are also responsible for making all the phillips screwdrivers
disappear from my tool box and leave only blade screwdrivers when I need
a phillips and only phillips appear when i need a blade screwdriver.
Kelton
s/v Isle Escape

Paul wrote:
Actually I think you're on the right track. As I approach my slip I'm
pushing the boat sideways into the wind to keep my position.

As soon as I come alongside my neighbour they block the wind, therefore I'm
pushing against nothing and begin to move that way.

But all in all, I think I prefer the magnetism theory. It compliments my
elves theory. I believe that whenever I *appear* to make an error, it's
actually the fault of elves.

For instance, it wasn't me who left the drain in the bottom of the cooler
open, there were elves that came out in the middle of the night and opened
it.

Damn elves.

"Gfretwell" wrote in message
...

It is more like the fact that when you are lee of the other boat and out


of the

influence of the wind. It may actually be creating low pressure on that


side,

sucking you in. This is similar to why the dust collects on the back of


your

truck








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